North Lodge and Woods
North Lodge is the last remaining gate lodge to Melville House and stands in a truly idyllic rural setting, a short distance to the west of the popular conservation village of Letham, on the northern edge of Fife's fertile agricultural plain known as the Howe of Fife. The village and the area around it has a lovely quaint feel with many delightful old buildings and lots of open space including a children's play area. Letham is on a bus route and has a primary school with additional local facilities and services on hand in the villages of Ladybank and Auchtermuchty. A short distance to the east is the bustling local county town of Cupar where there is an excellent range of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels. There is also a thriving monthly farmer's market. Going further afield, accessibility to the cities from Monimail/Letham is excellent with Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh all within comfortable driving distance. The main motorway network is easily accessible via the M90 at Milnathort or Bridge of Earn with the centre of Edinburgh 41 miles by road. There are railway stations in Ladybank and Cupar, from where the approximate journey time to Edinburgh is about 1 hour. Edinburgh's busy international airport also well within striking distance. The ancient and historic town of St. Andrews with its renowned golf links and famous university is about sixteen miles to the east. The Tay Bridge is only 14 miles and the Forth Road Bridge onl 30 miles distant.
The glorious surrounding countryside is home to an array of wildlife and for the outdoor enthusiast offers easy access to a wide range of recreational pursuits including walking, cycling, riding and golf with many highly regarded courses within easy reach including Ladybank, Scotscraig, Lundin Links, Elie and also the many fine courses in and around St. Andrews where the Old Course regularly hosts the Open with the next visit scheduled for 2020. Shooting and fishing may be taken locally and there are some fine pheasant shoots nearby. In terms of days out there are several popular National Trust for Scotland properties in the area including Falkland Palace, Kellie Castle and Hill of Tarvit outside Cupar. There are superb sandy beaches at St. Andrews, Elie, Kingsbarns and Tentsmuir with the pretty East Neuk fishing villages of Anstruther, St. Monans and Pittenweem on hand for day trips. The wide open spaces of the Lomond Hills are also close at hand. Letham village is home to the famous Secret Garden outdoor children's nursery and has a local primary school, with secondary schooling available at Bell Baxter in Cupar. Independent schooling is available nearby with a number of highly regarded schools including St. Leonards in St. Andrews and the High School of Dundee.
Believed to date from the 1830's or thereabouts, North Lodge is understood to originally have been two houses used for staff at Melville House. The two halves of North Lodge are believed to have been "joined" in the 1950's. Externally the house is of a lovely dark stone under slate roof with leaded windows whilst internally the attractive accommodation is laid out over two floors being fairly symmetrical in nature given the fact that the house used to be divided in two. There is a winter sitting room (with open fire) and separate summer sitting room at ground floor level together with dining room (with open fire), lovely sun room, separate conservatory, shower room, hall and kitchen with Raeburn at ground floor level. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, together with study/box room, family bathroom and hall. The property benefits from calor gas central heating.
North Lodge stands in a delightful extensive garden well stocked with a lovely mix of plants, trees and shrubs as well as areas of lawn and vegetable garden together with a small pond. There is a chipped driveway with parking.
To the east of the house and garden is a lovely expansive area of deciduous amenity woodland, mostly sycamore but also with oak and other varieties.
Two timber stables
Heating Calor gas (Raeburn is solid fuel)
North Lodge is classified as Band G for Council Tax purposes.
North Lodge is classified as Category B by Historic Scotland.
Take the Monimail road west from Letham. Continue passed Monimail Church and North Lodge is then on the left-hand side after a short distance at the gate to Melville House. viewers are advised to park adjacent to the village green.
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